On a hot August morning at the edge of Greenwood Pond, where brown grass mingles with green grass, and tree branches with drying leaves flicker above still waters birthing green algae, is where I first meet Brian.

Brian smiles warmly and walks with a tenderness in his gait. We spoke…

As we trek above the tree-line, our team spreads out, like a slow drip from a rusty old faucet. The wind cools the heat trapped under my breaker, but still a force so strong I walk sideways and sometimes backwards to shield my face. I fuss at my red buff…

Michael is the kind of person that sucks you into his energy vortex. In a good way. It’s a whirlpool of authenticity, zest, and creativity. Yet, Michael will be the first to admit, his vortex swirls with some fear.

It was partly because of his anxiety, post cancer diagnosis, that…

You can call her T. I do. I also call Teresa Adams-Tomka a friend, mentor, entrepreneur, and leader. She is a humble leader, the kind of leader you find nestled in the back of the long line of trekkers, helping others trudge along a steep path that zig zags up…

Meditation was developed as an ancient Eastern practice, yet it can transform your fast-paced “modern life.” Since 500 B.C., during time of Buddha, who is considered “one of history’s major proponents of meditation,” (meditationcenter.com) this practice has spread and western studies have shown substantial physiological and psychological benefits. …

Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation, with cancer survivors, during Total Training Class

Let’s talk about what cancer CANNOT do. Cancer cannot silence courage. Cancer cannot shatter hope nor conquer the spirit. Above and Beyond Cancer’s Training Program is proving this and more.

This year ABC coached more than 70 survivors, ages 17–73, encompassing 21 different cancers. Nearly 46% of participants are enduring…

Mary Van Heukelom

Mary is the co-creator and leader of Cancer Survivor Programs in Central Iowa. She is a yogi, nature enthusiast, and ornery mother of two and a pooch.

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